Labor, the Coalition and the problem of political identity

Labor and the Coalition are caught between vying for the middle ground and differentiating themselves in the political marketplace. Behind it all, there’s one vital difference, writes Norman Abjorensen

12 Aug 14 | Comments (6)

The Abbott government’s war on transparency

There’s a worrying thread running through decisionmaking in Canberra, writes Rodney Tiffen

05 Jun 14 | Comments (5)

When Gough Whitlam helped out with the woodchopping

Poorly judged preselections are a problem for both major parties, writes Paul Rodan, and the electoral implications are becoming clearer

22 May 14 | Comments (4)

Joe Hockey and the ghost of Bob Menzies

This week’s budget raises the question of whom the Liberal Party now represents, writes Norman Abjorensen

14 May 14 | Comments (3)

More than a fraction too much faction

The timing of Barry O’Farrell’s departure, and its aftermath, reveal much about the heavily factionalised NSW Liberal Party, writes Norman Abjorensen

20 Apr 14 | Comments (1)

Yes, it is our ABC

The gulf between the views of the public and the ABC’s vocal critics is large and growing, writes Rodney Tiffen

05 Dec 13 | Comments (5)

Government by the old, for the old?

The politics of the ageing electorate is complicating government responses to the ageing society, writes Rodney Tiffen

27 Nov 13 | Comments (0)

Challenges for the Abbott agenda

Despite the pundits, it won’t be business as usual under the Coalition, says Norman Abjorensen. But the Senate will determine much of the style and rate of change

10 Sep 13 | Comments (1)